Losing weight may be tough, but keeping it off, research tells us, is tougher – just not for the reasons you might think.
We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You've seen the articles headlined "Boost your metabolism" or "Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight."
But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still somewhat mysterious, biological process.
Here are nine facts to help you understand metabolism, and how to think about it in the context of weight gain and weight loss.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of your daily calorie burn doesn’t come from puddles of sweat after a tough workout. Calorie burn is actually driven by your metabolism.
More genetic tests aim to help predict how people might respond to many common medications.
These are not real laws of course, but I call them that because of the amount of research that supports their existence and the clinical reality of their impact. In other words, if you are a health professional or a serious health enthusiast you probably know these laws yourself.
They govern much of the way the metabolism functions and responds to diet, exercise and lifestyle.
How could that change our understanding about, for starters, chronic disease, aging and obesity?
One of science’s best tools for understanding obesity is debunking myths about metabolism.
A new study challenges assumptions about energy expenditure by people, including the idea that metabolism slows at middle age.
In human experiments, those who ate high-fat diets had a much faster metabolism. Low-fat, high-carb diets spiked insulin, subsequently slowing their metabolism and storing belly fat. The higher-fat diet group had a faster metabolism, even eating the same amount of calories.
How not to sabotage your own efforts to keep your body lean.
Six years after dramatic weight loss on the TV show "The Biggest Loser," most contestants in a recent study had regained the pounds - and on top of that, their metabolism had slowed and they were burning fewer calories every day than they did before their stint on the show.
The celebrity trainer has a proposal for the metabolism slowdown.
At the end of the day, metabol-envy is just envy. There will always be someone who is taller, richer and more successful. Focusing on them really takes us away from our game.
From all that information, you’ll likely conclude that IF is the “miracle” for becoming your leanest, healthiest self. But is it? I want to take a more objective look at some of its often-overlooked pros and cons. As I’ll discuss, I’m particularly concerned that IF could lead to food intolerances, binge eating, and most troubling, eating disorders.
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Studies have shown that exercise typically increases the production of ghrelin. Workouts make you hungry. In the Wyoming study, when the women ran, their ghrelin levels spiked, which should have meant they would attack the buffet with gusto. But they didn’t. In fact, after running they consumed several hundred fewer calories than they burned. Their restraint, the researchers said, was due to a concomitant increase in other hormones that initiate satiety.
The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience.
You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back.
It could help explain why 80 to 90 percent of people who lose weight gain it back.
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